Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Charles Vidor|
|Produced by||Lawrence Weingarten|
|Based on||Maurice Guest
by Henry Handel Richardson
|Music by||Johnny Green (director)|
|Cinematography||Robert H. Planck|
|Edited by||John D. Dunning|
Based on the novel Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson, the film is about a wealthy and beautiful woman who follows the man she loves and hopes to marry to Zurich where he studies violin at a conservatory.
There she meets a piano student who falls madly in love with her. She must then choose between this man who loves her more than his music, and the violinist who loves his music more than anything else. Rhapsody features music by Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Felix Mendelssohn, and Claude Debussy.
- Elizabeth Taylor as Louise Durant
- Vittorio Gassman as Paul Bronte
- John Ericson as James Guest
- Louis Calhern as Nicholas Durant
- Michael Chekhov as Prof. Schuman
- Barbara Bates as Effie Cahill
- Richard Hageman as Bruno Fürst
- Richard Lupino as Otto Krafft
- Celia Lovsky as Frau Sigerlist
- Stuart Whitman as Dove
- Madge Blake as Mrs. Cahill
- Jack Raine as Edmund Streller
- Birgit Nielsen as Madeleine
- Jacqueline Duval as Yvonne
- Norma Nevens as Student Pianist
Rhapsody was filmed on location in Florhofgasse, Zürich (the street scenes) and Pontresina, Kanton Graubünden in Switzerland.
According to MGM records the film earned $1,291,000 in the US and Canada and $2,001,000 overseas, resulting in a loss of $217,000.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- "Rhapsody". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
- "Full cast and crew for Rhapsody". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
- "MAN, MUSIC, AND LOVE.". The Register. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 3 October 1908. p. 6. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "IN GRIM EARNEST.". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 10 October 1908. p. 50. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
- "Locations for Rhapsody". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
- "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19.
- Rhapsody at the Internet Movie Database
- Henry Handel Richardson (1909) Maurice Guest, Duffield & Company, New York
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